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Sprayground Bags at Margin London

by Margin London on January 26, 2013

Sprayground Bags at Margin London

Not tees, we know, but you can be wearing the best looking t-shirt and let your outfit down with a bland or ugly bag.

Chances are that, if you’re reading HideYourArms, you care about your printed tees and what you wear so, like a hair-flicking starlet, you deserve a decent printed bag (because you’re worth it).

Sprayground Bags at Margin London

American brand Sprayground is innovating baggage with their distinctive art-inspired range. With backpacks, weekenders, and iPad sleeves, all available in a range of great designs, Sprayground bags feature dripping gold paint, camo sharks, piles of cash, and many more unique prints, including a collaboration with Mishka.

Sprayground Bags at Margin London

Designer David Ben David, aka DBD, grew up in Miami painting, skating, surfing, and always on the go, packing his whole life in his backpack but all he could find were bags of the same old solid colors and shapes so had to create his own brand.

With stores as diverse as Nordstrom, Digital Gravel, Patricia Field, and Kitson carrying the range in America, and spotted on numerous artists including Rihanna, the bags have wide appeal, from streetwear stores to fashion boutiques.

Sprayground Bags at Margin London

Sprayground bags are made from durable polyester fabric and feature a sleek construction with hidden features, such as velour laptop, tablet and sunglasses compartments, ergonomic padded back support, and stash pockets.

Sprayground are reaching out to potential stockists across the pond when they make their European tradeshow debut exclusively at Margin, the independent trade show exhibition in London for new brands.

Sprayground Bags at Margin London

Renowned amongst key buyers and press as the launchpad for new brands, Margin has been providing an affordable platform for new brands since 2002 and will be the only trade exhibition across Europe to see the range of bags in person.

Since the exhibitions first started back in 2002, Margin can lay claim to providing the UK launching point of overseas brands such as Upper Playground, Diamond Supply Co, Stereo Sound Agency, Double Goose, Loreak Mendian, Syndrome, Nooka, Mimobots, Qwstion, Hixsept (now Etudes Studio), and many others, who all made their European or UK trade debuts at Margin, which celebrated 10 years of exhibitions in 2012.

Sprayground Bags at Margin London

Sprayground will be exhibiting at Margin in February 2013 which takes place on the 10th & 11th, and you can find them on Facebook here.

Sprayground Bags at Margin London


Radical Tea Towels… wait, what?

by Andy on November 14, 2012

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Sometimes I get an e-mail from a company that is so unexpected you just have to post about it even though it has practically nothing to do with HYAs usual subjects. Have you ever struggled to get a gift for that special anarchist in your life? Well worry no more because Radical Tea Towel have solved all your woes with their inspirational left-leaning tea towels, aprons, and bags. The idea of interesting designs on tea towels isn’t exactly new, but this is the first time that I’ve seen them used in a political or philosophical manner, and I think it’s a great idea, even if there seems to be something a little bit wrong with rubbing an errant splash of gravy in Martin Luther King’s face when I’m doing the Sunday roast.

Tea towels are around £10, aprons £12, and it’s £15 for that bag.


Fall 2012 out now at The Quiet Life

by Andy on October 16, 2012

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They’ve got new hats, t-shirts, cut & sew items and accessories, and it’s all looking pretty neat to me. That camera bag looks nice, wouldn’t mind stocking that in the Rigu store.


CXXVI’s Fall Collection is here

by Andy on November 6, 2011


Wow, that is a big, BIG release, thirty-eight items by my count. I think that this release shows where CXXVI are trying to go with their brand, and the direction is definitely up. Their prices are set to premium too, anyone that sells a keychain for $20 is premium, although to be fair to them it is partially made of brass and metals aren’t exactly cheap these days, and there’s a certain amount of irony in selling a bag called the ‘workers carrier’ for $130. hoodies are around $80 and tees are $36.

I’m questioning the prices, but everything in this release looks pretty incredible, the quality is clearly there so maybe those prices are justified, it’s quite unfair to judge their prices when I can’t actually feel the pieces.

Basically, all this stuff looks good, it’s quite pricey but that’s fine and I’m going round in circles not being sure whether a $36 shirt it worth it.


As you may well have guess I’ve decided to start posting videos whenever Iamthetrend and Coty Gonzales release them, they put a lot of effort into their videos and I want to recognise that by hopefully bringing them to a wider audience. Also, isn’t it nice to have some video content on the site?

In this episode Coty takes a look at a brand called The Good Child, and reviews a messenger bag sent to him by Evozip.


Turn an old t-shirt into a laptop sleeve

by Andy on February 13, 2010

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I’m sure there are cheaper ways to do this, but for $49 Hello Rewind will send you an envelope, you put a t-shirt in it, send it back to them, they turn it into a cool laptop sleeve, and then send it back to you. Part of your purchase also goes to help stopping the sex trafficking industry in New York, which I think you’ll agreee is a pretty worthy cause. [via Engadget]


How to customise & recycle your old t-shirts

by Andy on September 29, 2009


T-shirts have a lifespan, they don’t last forever, they stretch, they fade, they get stained, and sometimes the tees stay the same but the owner changes size, or just changes their taste. This got me thinking, “what do you do with a tee when you don’t want to wear it anymore? (and you don’t want to give them to charity for whatever reason)” I’ve got more than 200 t-shirts in my wardrobe (and out of it, and draped on chairs, and stacked in cupboards, and hanging on racks), and they don’t all fit me now, so I thought I’d hunt around and find out what they devil I could do with all those superflous tees. As it turns out, other people have this problem too, and there are loads of tutorials out there with interesting ideas for how to recycle your t-shirts into something ‘new’.

My server has been crushed under the weight of traffic from my list posts in the past, and one way to try and alleviate the strain is to split an article into pages. This first page of 50 tutorials, projects, and videos doesn’t have any unifying theme to it, it’s just a random collection, some of which are pretty unusual ideas. The rest of the pages have been sorted into groups as they are often different takes on the same idea. Page two has 6 tutorials for turning your old tees into a rug or quilt, and 7 ideas for turning t-shirts into bags, often with the idea of using them as shoping bags, which I’m sure would get you a lot of approving looks at Trader Joe’s. The third page is for those of you that want to refresh and recondition your tees so that they’re still a t-shirt(ish), but with a bit of a customized twist to make you stand out from the crowd. Page four sees your tees becoming skirts and dresses, and I was pretty impressed with a lot of the finished articles on that page. The last page has links to books about reconditioning and recycling your t-shirts, so kind of like this list, except in book form. If I’ve missed something from the list, or you’ve had an idea but can’t find it anywhere online, feel free to share that in your comments. If you have enjoyed this list I would very much appreciate it if you could promote this article in some way, be it via tweet, stumble, delicious bookmark, digg, blog post, or envelopes stuffed with cash being posted to me.


1. How to turn your t-shirts into tees for you dog!


2. [W/M] T-Shirt with a built-in belt.


3. [W/M] Recycled T-Shirt Bracelet.


4. [W] Turning a t-shirt into yoga pants.


5. How to weave t-shirts.


6. [W/M] How to turn yourself into a ninja using a t-shirt.

7. [M] A Threadbanger quickie about making a button down shirt more interesting by sewing a t-shirt design onto the back of it.


8. How to turn a t-shirt into a diaper/nappy.


9. Scarf made of huge blue t-shirt.


10. [W] T-shirt refashioned into a summer top, which is a little bit late for the season, but there’s always next year.

11. How to make yarn out of t-shirts.


12. How to make arm warmers from a t-shirt.


13. [W] How to turn your t-shirt into a pair of underwear. [via Pop Culture Tees]


14. Use a t-shirt as a pillow case. Here’s how it goes: get a pillow, get a t-shirt, put t-shirt over pillow. Done.

15. Recycle a t-shirt into a sexy bikini… yes, she does model it at the end of the vid.


16. You might not need to throw out that old tee after all, this tutorial shows you how to remove cigarette odor from your tees.


17. How to frame a t-shirt (on the cheap).


18. How to turn a t-shirt in to a dress for a toddler.


19. If you’ve got loads of t-shirts going spare, then making a rug might be a good project for you.


20. [W] How to turn a baseball tee into a halter top.


21. [W] How to make a t-shirt cami.

How to make a throw pillow out of a t-shirt.


23. [W] How to make a t-shirt twist. This looks like a good way to freshen up a boring plain tee, cool skirt too!


24. [W] No sew tank top from a tee. This one is worth reading for the adorable hand drawn instructional pictures.


25. How to make a laptop t-shirt case.


26. How to silkscreen your own posters and t-shirts, perfect for spicing up a plain tee.


27. [W] How to reshape a t-shirt that doesn’t fit you anymore.


28. [W] Stylish ways to cut your t-shirt.

29. [W] The Threadbanger crew explains how to make a wedding dress out of t-shirts.


30. Here’s another tutorial about turning your old t-shirts into a scarf.


31. This instructable isn’t about cutting your tees, but storing them, and whilst I don’t think it would be a good solution for my 200+ tee collection, it might be good for keeping a few of your favourites good-as-new.


32. Another tutorial on how to turn you tees into undies with ease!


33. Mod a cute halter top from a t-shirt (I think there might be enough tee>halter top tutes out there for them to have their own page!)

34. DIY Quirky Corset Tee Shirt for Free People Blog


35. Just in case all those other t-shirt to scarf tutorials weren’t to your liking.


36. blog : T-shirt Tunic Swimsuit Cover-up

37. How To Turn an Old T-Shirt Into a Sexy Top. This video contains a surprisingly large amount of cleavage, I guess that’s one way to get guys sewing!


38. Old T-Shirt Headband/Rags. This one probably has my favourite accompanying picture.

39. Hot Topic – Deconstruct a Tee with Elle


40. Big t-shirt to little angel

41. From Plain Tee To Stylish, One Shoulder Tank another vid from Gianny L.

42. How to Customize your t-shirts to look vintage by soaking them in a saline solution. (no pics for that one, sorry)


43. T-shirt to sexy top I could almost include this in the dress category, but it might be a little short for th modest ladies of HYA.


44. How to make an empire cut blouse from a t-shirt.

45. How to cut a t-shirt to be a halter top (yes, another halter top).


46. The T-Shirt Hack (Or: How to revamp an old t-shirt with nothing but scissors)

47. Hot Topic – Deconstruct a Tee with Elle


48. Guess what, it’s another t-shirt to halter top tutorial.

49. Here’s a a summery t-shirt recon from the Threadbanger team.


50. How To » Low Cut, Empire Waist, Halter Top from an old t-shirt.

On the second page of this article you will find 6 ways to turn your excess tees into a rug or quilt, and 7 tutorials explaining how to turn your tees into bags.



Mishka NYC have dropped their new Spring line, and it’s pretty darned cool.

Something else that’s cool is that Mishka have gone and got themselves a pop up store right here in Philly at Ubiq. It’s two and a half blocks from my apartment, and along my walk to the office, so it’s fair to say that I’ll pop in at some point to give you a report. Philly and streetwear media were giving the shop opening party a lot of digital column inches last week, but no one seems to have thought about posting some photos from of the space yet, so maybe I’ll be able to stake a claim on a world exclusive if I get there soon and snap a few pics.

Still, you don’t need to be in Philly to get your Mishka fix, the whole lot is available online. Oh, and I guess hardcore HYA stalkers now have a radius in which you know I live, so, good luck finding me!

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P®LKAD©TS collection by Wrongwroks

by Andy on December 6, 2008

After an usually long amount of time between releases, Wrongwroks has dropped this great wind breaker, along with a matching backpack, tote bag, hat, and camera bag. Yes, you can cover your body from head to toe errr waist in polkadots!

I really like the look of all the items, but I don’t think I could quite pull off wearing them all at once. There’s lots of cool little touches on them, like the custom WR zippers, double thickness hood on the windbreaker (to help the hood stand up when you’re wearing it and not flap around), little ® and © symbols breaking up the pattern, and plenty of adjustable straps to keep everything tight.

I’ve put loads of more detailed shots into the gallery.

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What’s new with Wrongwroks?

by Andy on October 22, 2008

Me being down in France has meant that we’ve been spending quite a lot of time with some old favourite brands, eh guys?



I’ve looked through Frustone‘s website a few times, I’ve looked at the definition tee, and I’ve read their e-mail to me. Even after all that I still can’t quite work out what exactly being Frustone (pronounced froo-ston-eh) is, I think the definition changes depending upon context. But let’s be honest, this is HYA, all we’re interested in is the tees, right?

First off they’re made of bamboo (mostly). I’ve never been the recipient of a bamboo tee, but I only ever hear good things about them, and I think they might be quite environmentally friendly too, so that’s a plus. The designs are pretty cool too, the prints are black, nothing too extravagant, but all the designs are well put together, and I’d bet go with a lot of outfits. They also sell tote bags that have the designs on.

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Remember those limited edition Threadless x Timbuk2 messengers bags that I mentioned a month ago? Well, GearCrave have got one of each design to give away.All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter here. Then leave a comment on the giveaway blog post on Gear Crave, here, telling them which bag is your favourite and why. The contest is open until 11:59 (not sure which timezone, but its probably one of the American ones) on June 26th.GearCrave Giveaway: ThreadLess and Timbuk2 Messenger Bags

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Threadless x Timbuk2 pop up shop

Okay, so yesterday’s Threadless news about the prints was truly ‘threadless’ since it was paper-based, but today’s update is a least a little bit more closely related to our regular subject matter since I would presume that the limited edition Treadless Select bags by Timbuk2 are made using threads of… something (what are bags made out of?).I think that claiming to have a pop up shop within your own shop is a bit odd, but whatever, cool bags with (presumably) cool designs on them. You can look/purchase at the Threadless Chicago store from May 23rd until June 1st, and you should also be able to buy them at

Related post on the Threadless blog


I need a manbag!

by Andy on July 27, 2006

Bit of a departure from our usual sleeve-based adventures, but I figured that you might be interested in seeing what Cool Hunting thought were the twelve best bags for men out there. I can’t see anything in there that would accommodate my laptop though, why did I have to go for a 17″ monitor? It really cuts down your options for a nice bag or sleeve. If anyone has any tips drop me an e-mail or leave a comment.

12 Bags for Guys

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